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date: 24 March 2019

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Applied psychologists and counselors need to move beyond simple indices of social class to explore the intrapsychic and interpersonal dimensions related to this cultural construct. The affluent, middle-class, and the poor need to be better understood as social classed communities and individuals. Social class and classism are developed and experienced across the lifespan and psychological science should explore this dimension in connection with other cultural identities. Psychological and counseling scholarship is well suited to understand experiences such as upward mobility, greed, shifting social classes, and social class awareness, to name a few. Applying this knowledge to our helping profession will allow psychologists and counselors to stay multiculturally competent and relevant to a changing society.

Keywords: research, classism, affluence, upward-mobility bias, trauma, race, gender, identity, privilege

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